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Seung Hwan Kim 2 Articles
Analysis of 2002 year's Pesticides Poisoning Deaths' data of Korea National Statistical Office and Counterplan to Prevent Deaths Due to Herbicides Poisoning
Uk Jin Kim, Hyo Yun Kim, Seung Hwan Kim, Sun Wook Kim, Young Soon Cho, Sung Pil Chung, Hahn Shick Lee
J Korean Soc Clin Toxicol. 2004;2(2):77-82.   Published online December 31, 2004
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s: Deaths from pesticides poisoning has increased annually, but no studies have been reported. Especially paraquat is suspected to be a major material in pesticide poisoning deaths. In Korea, simple epidemiology of pesticides poisoning is not well known. So, there is no effective method to prevent pesticides poisoning. We tried to investigate the present status of pesticides poisoning with data from Korea National Statistical Office and suggest an effective counterplan. Methods: We analysed death cause data derived from Korean Statistical association, deaths causes being pesticides poisoning in the year 2002. Also, we investigated data from internet, mainly from Korea National Statistical Office home page. Results: Total 2,875 persons died after pesticides poisoning in 2002 year. Average age is 54.2 year, standard deviation being 17.7 year. Many victims (about $41\%$) died during the herbicides' non-necessary period (JanuaryMarch, October-December) Conclusion: Herbicides sale should be restricted only during herbicides' necessary period, and so called a pesticides safety supervisor system shall effectively prevent herbicides poisoning.
The Toxic Exposure Patients of Daejon Province by Modified TESS Style
Jung Kyoo Park, Sung Phil Jeong, Seung Hwan Kim, In Sui Yoo, Joon Seok Park, Jin Hyun Yoo, Yeong Mo Yang, Si Kyung Jeong
J Korean Soc Clin Toxicol. 2004;2(1):1-6.   Published online June 30, 2004
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Purpose: A number of reports about the intoxicated patients have been introduced, but there were few multicenter studies. The purpose of this study was to analyse the patients with toxic exposure in the Daejon province. Methods: The patients who were presented to the four academic emergency departments in Daejon with toxic exposure were enrolled from January to June 2003. The collected variables were according to the form which modified from the Toxic Exposure Surveillance System (TESS) of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Results: The toxic exposure patients were 362 cases which is $0.78\%$ of total patients presented to the emergency department. The most common exposure site was home ($84\%$). Eighteen percent of cases were exposed by two or more substances. The most common substance was the pesticides ($34.8\%$), and the non-prescription drugs ($32.6\%$) was followed. The suicidal attempt was the top reason for exposure ($67.1\%$). The route of exposure other than ingestion was $3.6\%$. Although the most patients left the hospital within a day, the average treatment period was 4.4 days. Thirty-one patients ($8.6\%$) were expired, and 22 among them were exposed to the paraquat. Conclusion: We reported the current status of toxic exposure in Daejon province by modified TESS style.

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